Misogyny is responsible for countless issues in today's society — one of them being the downfall of NBC's Smash.
Theresa Rebeck, creator of the short lived Broadway series, dished on the rampant sexism that churns through many television writers' rooms where your favorite shows are made.
In a personal essay featured in a new book Double Blind: Women on Ambition (as excerpted by EW), the showrunner detailed how she created, wrote, and ran the room in Season One — at the request of exec producer Steven Spielberg, no less — before suddenly getting fired from the show SHE created.
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Rebeck recounts getting "fired without cause" at the end of Season One, and shortly learned that many "dastardly stories" about her character had been invented by those who wanted her gone.
After the male writers who "conspired" to have her fired realized the show wouldn't last without the mastermind at the helm, they flew the coop and pursued other opportunities — leaving the network to hire a new team of creatives.
Rebeck recalls her showrunner replacement, Gossip Girl alum Josh Safran, being particularly unqualified — and ultimately responsible for the show's cancellation after Season Two. She wrote: